Saint Xavier University Graham School of Management

Graham School of Management

Summer Immersion Course on Financial Trading

Introduction to Financial Markets and Trading

June 26-28, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Competition is on Wednesday, June 28, 10 a.m. - Noon

Graham School of Management
Center for the Study of Financial Markets and Derivatives (CSFMD)
3839 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Emerging Scholars in Finance Certificates

Saint Xavier University is offering a three-day immersion experience from June 26 to 28, 2017 at Saint Xavier University's new Graham School of Management Center for the Study of Financial Markets and Derivatives (CSFMD). This special immersion experience is open to academically talented high school juniors and rising seniors interested in areas related to business, finance and technology. We extend this invitation to students to area high schools for this special opportunity with major focus on high-end students from minority high schools. The students successfully competing the course will be awarded the certificate in Emerging Scholar in Finance.

Founded through a grant by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group Foundation, the Center for the Study of Financial Markets and Derivatives at Saint Xavier University offers students "hands-on" experience using state-of-the-art financial technology. The Center will provide understanding of trading, risk management, and other financial concepts, in order to educate students interested in potential careers in areas such as business and finance.

Team Competition

Upon completion of the immersion program, the students from respective schools will compete as a group on June 28. The winners will be honored with plaques.

Course Description

This course will study fundamentals of trading in stocks, bonds, futures and other financial instruments. It will use state-of-the-art financial analytics software, BARCHART, to learn about trading and markets. This hands-on basic financial trading literacy course will provide understanding of the complex global financial markets to actively construct portfolios. Students will spend time using BARCHART on PC workstations at the Center for Study of Financial Markets and Derivatives (CSFMD) at Saint Xavier University. Uses and abuses of financial trading will be discussed to alert students to pitfalls that lead to financial crisis. At the end of the course a certificate of completion will be presented to those who will successfully complete this accelerated course.

Instructors: TBA

Credit Hours: None

Course Materials: Will be provided by the instructors


The cost of attending this course is $200 and lunch will be provided. Limited scholarships will be available to cover the course fee for those that qualify.

Register today for the Summer Immersion Course on Financial Trading by filling out the online form below and the required SXU Summer Camp Health Form.* For more information about this summer course or questions about registering, please contact Nicholas J. Mancari at 773-298-3603 or

*Required Health Form

A parent/guardian must also fill out and send in our SXU Summer Camp Health Form (PDF) for any summer camp or program. This form must be completed and returned to the Office of Academic Affairs at least one week prior to the start of camp. Please fill out one form per participant. SXU Summer Camp Health Forms should be mailed to Debbie Nutley at 3700 W. 103rd Street, Chicago, IL 60655, emailed to or faxed to 773-298-3002.



"The Emerging Scholar in Finance Summer Immersion Program was a great opportunity to reach out and begin to explore the field of finance and trading. Professor Hoque made complex concepts come to life with wonderful analogies, ensuring every student could understand the theories and practices of basic finance and global markets." - Spencer Scott, Harvard University Sophomore


"Your course has had an immense effect on my son Marc Berkowicz. He frequently shares that he 'learned this in the finance summer immersion class...'" - Walter Berkowicz, Enterprise Architect, Allstate